Trump declines to host Ramadan dinner, breaking 20-yr White House tradition

Elias Hubbard
June 26, 2017

Muslims in the United States and Canada rely on moon sighting reports from Saudi Arabia and hence they are celebrating Eid al Fitr today.

On the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, Lt Gen D Anbu, Army Commander, Northern Command extends his warm greetings to the awam of Jammu and Kashmir and all Indian Army personnel and their families.

In May, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declined a request from the State Department's Office of Religion and Global Affairs to host an event to mark the start of the holy month.

The Governor said that the festival of Eid Ul Fitr marks the culmination of the Holy Month of "Ramzan", the month of prayers, blessings and forgiveness.

He said the period offers us opportunity to have sober reflection on our activities and way of life and try as much as possible to eschew violence that is capable of disrupting ‎smooth running of government. Although Jefferson's working dinners usually began at 3:30 p.m., in December 1805 the invitations noted that "dinner will be on the table precisely at sun-set". "The favour of an answer is asked".

Last year, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump told ABC News' Jonathan Karl in an interview that he would be open to continuing the tradition of hosting an Iftar dinner if he were in the White House. Bush, at after 9/11 Iftar dinner, said that the fight was against terrorism and not Islam.

Saying that "there is nothing more Canadian than helping out your neighbours" in the video, he highlighted how great he felt about the Ramadan food banks, which sends supplies to Muslim families across the country. Mr Trump has come under fire for his history of anti-Muslim rhetoric on the campaign trail.

The order, later revised, was knocked down by federal courts.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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